Did you ever look at a painting and notice that there is just one spot that by itself was independently beautiful? It's like it could just have been the painting by itself without anything else around it. Here are 2 of my quick paintings where I have zeroed in on my favorite parts. They're both of Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City. I, especially, love the way the first one turned out. It was one of those that I felt was never that great. So, several years later I went back in and changed some things. I just really like how the lighting turned out around the pine tree. Plus I added little sprinkles of pink flowers and that added some delicate interest to finish it off. The 2nd painting always worked for me without any later fixing. Just wanted you to see these. It goes to show you that if a painting isn't working all the way you might want to take out the trusty scissors and cut that part out-of course leaving enough to restretch it onto some frames, if large enough. If not you'll need to mount it flat on a heavy duty plywood board or just foamcore board and frame. Then, voila! A new painting that you'll love.
Second of all-this part is for my buddy Nancy from the "Lemon Verbena Lady" blog. Look, Nancy! See the parsley that I dried out of the garden added to my soup today? You would be so proud of me!